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Thu Nov 2 14:48:16 EST 2000
In article <eifM5.14038$MR3.849065 at bgtnsc04-news.ops.worldnet.att.net>,
Jeffrey A. McCann <j.mccann at worldnet.att.net> writes
><exo1a at my-deja.com> wrote in message news:8trrp9$1hv$1 at nnrp1.deja.com...
>> Actually anthrax is not communicable, but that was a good try.
> Actually, I am rather well trained in the emergency response to
>biological and chemical terrorism, which is something I do as a member of a
>US Public Health Service disaster response team. So I do have little bit of
>knowledge, although I am certainly not any kind of expert. Nonetheless,
>according to my rather faulty memory, the disease is, in fact, communicable.
>Anthrax is caused by Bacillus Anthracis, a bacterium that lives naturally in
>certain types of soil. The bacterium produces spores. Spores are hardy forms
>of the bacterium that can survive in soil or on contaminated objects for
>years. Animals get anthrax by grazing on soils contaminated with anthrax
>spores. People can get anthrax by contact with infected animals
or skins from infected animals.
> or people.
>The bacteria get into the body through a break in the skin. In rare cases,
>people can get anthrax by breathing in anthrax spores from contaminated soil
>or animal products or by eating undercooked meat from infected animals.
>Please let me know if I got this wrong. But since you seem to have some
>knowledge of the disease, why the heck do you want to know more about, and
>impliedly want to culture anthrax?
I think he means a person with anthrax can't give it to another person,
and I notice you don't mention person-to-person transmission above -
unless one is a cannibal.
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